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- IdeaMensch 100 - The Bestseller List For Entrepreneurs
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- June MOS Boot Camp Sessions - Register Today! - ikuw Solutions
This MOS boot camp is for Information Workers who want to increase their productivity and proficiency with Excel 2010 and show their mastery of the software by earning the Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
Next Generation Broadband in Missoula
- "Natural" Clones Are Ineligible for Patent Protection - Dorsey & Whitney
Last week, in In re Roslin Institute (Edinburgh), the Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of product claims covering cloned mammals.
- Montana West Installing Gigabit Connectivity in Missoula
"Montana West is excited to have GCS as the first business in Missoula to adopt our new fiber optic gigabit Ethernet capability that we are bringing to Missoula and northwest Montana," said Montana West President Jerry Beeks.
- Broadband CEOs to the feds: Don't regulate us!
The CEOs want the FCC to classify their companies under Title II of the Communications Act, which would subject the Comcasts and Verizons of the world to "common carrier" regulation, just like phone companies.
- Teaming up to dig underground could help bring faster internet
The next time you're sitting in slow traffic due to construction, you might want to focus on how the work could also be helping to potentially bring you faster internet.
- Montana Is An Ideal Location For World Class Data Centers
Montana enjoys abundant, reliable, relatively inexpensive power generated in the state from a diversity of sources.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Ten Business Card Commandments - Part 1
Does your business card command attention? Does it stand out from the crowd and create a response? If the answer is no, or even just maybe-it's time to learn the business card commandments.
- Learn The Best Tips And Tricks For Executing On Every Door Direct Mail, 5/21, Webinar
Join our special guest, Direct Mail Expert, Trish Witkowski, as she discusses the benefits of Every Door Direct Mail and how to create a successful campaign.
Arrow Solutions Group
- Happy Wanderer: Montana dude ranches, dudes definitely dreamy
Every wrangler was dreamy at The Ranch at Rock Creek outside Philipsburg, Montana. Like giggling schoolgirls, we secretly called it The Ranch at "Hottie" Creek.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Aviation Project Manager, Network Technician, Software Engineer, Senior Network Engineer and Systems Admin, Network and System Administrator - Arrow Solutions Group
Great Jobs in Beautiful Montana
Come Home Montana
- The state of big data in 2014 (chart)
Overall, we're still in the early innings of this market.
- Making The Business Case For Predictive Talent Analytics
Talent analytics is much bigger than HR. And the fast-emerging practice of predictive talent analytics requires the attention of every line of business.
- Economic Developers - 5 Types of Data You Should Collect
If you are in economic development, then you are in the business of collecting data.
- The Data Made Me Do It
Would you trade your personal data for a peek into the future? Andreas Weigend did.
- How Data Visualization Answered One of Retail's Most Vexing Questions
"Retailers want to know what parts of their store are busy, and where customers particularly shop. So, if there's a promotion on, when do people stop there and what do they do?"
- Retailers launch cybercrime info sharing center
"It's really in everyone's interest, every retailer's interest, to protect information against cybercrime. Criminals are getting more and more sophisticated. We're looking at how we can deal with this long term."
- Big Data Fans: Don't Boil The Ocean
Planning a big data strategy? Don't be overly ambitious and always know the problems you're trying to solve.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Engineer - WW IDEA
We design and build database-driven web-based applications focused on improving K-12 educational accountability, management, and engagement.
- Montana Talent Available - School-year or summer job or internship in software or web development - MSU Computer Engineering Student
Long term I would like to get into software development for robotics or embedded systems, but right now I'm just looking for position for the summer where I can get some more software development experience, not necessarily in those fields.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Former Microsoft CFO and SoBA Alumnus John Connors Visits University of Montana
MBA student Christina Henderson expressed that "setting up these kinds of meetings with successful entrepreneurs is one of the best things the business school does for students."
- The Slow Death of American Entrepreneurship
The U.S. economy is also increasingly dominated by large corporations, suggesting deeper structural changes working against small companies.
- Hellgate Venture Network- Jeremy Sauter Of Paramount Pictures, 5/29, Missoula
Following John Connors advice last month for entrepreneurs to be storytellers, Jeremy will show you how you can pitch your start-up idea like the next blockbuster movie. This is 10 minutes you won't want to miss.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Invizeon Corporation and Manager Security Announce Joint Venture to Provide Security Services in Kurdistan
Invizeon Corporation, through their security-related division I nvizeon Security Solutions, specializes in providing integrated physical and cyber security solutions to commercial and government clients around the world.
- Rising to Meet Public Sustainability Demand
What is sustainability?
- 100 Years of Montana's The Polebridge Mercantile
He's committing to a place and a lifestyle that can be inhospitable, unforgiving and even downright hostile; in turn, it is a place that will rejuvenate, recharge and even offer revelations - the lulling quiet of a bright summer morning, the kaleidoscopic star-scape on a moonless winter night, the northern lights flickering across the mantel of sky, the crystalline clarity of the North Fork's waters bubbling south.
- SmartLam in Columbia Falls is Breaking Into the Cross-Laminated Timber Industry With a Goal of Expanding Into the Construction Industry
Though the company has only been open for two years, CLT has been a major part of the European building and construction industry for decades.
- Hong Kong official visits Missoula, touts trade, business opportunites for Montana
Both places are filled with a very strong spirit of entrepreneurialism, very business friendly, a very talented workforce and we all believe in a very low tax burden for businesses."
City Club Missoula
- Jill Abramson firing points up strength of glass ceiling
We may never know the answers, but Abramson's exit demonstrates a rarely spoken but highly intuitive truth about C-level turnover: When a woman leader leaves the top job, she is almost always replaced by a man. (Dean Baquet is the new Times editor.)
- Pabst, Van de Wetering spar at City Club Missoula Missoula County attorney candidate forum
"I hope and I expect that we will come through this as friends," said Van de Wetering, who noted lawyers go to court and battle, and they don't take issues personally.
- State Governments Look to Entrepreneurs for Creativity, Efficiency - Entrepreneur-in-residence programs grow
"Government is not a business. But maybe we can be more business-like, and use some (entrepreneurial) techniques and ideas and philosophy of the private sector in government."
- How to Appeal to Millennial Voters
This group of Americans, approximately ages 18 to 33, now accounts for about quarter of the voting-age population, already surpassing the number of seniors eligible to vote.
- Montana Tax News You Can Use
A word of thanks from Mike Kadas, Montana Department of Revenue Director
- Bozeman releases proposed 2015 budget
Growth means heavier workloads for several city departments, according to the memo.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Coming soon: Boise TechMall
Companies including Apple, Google, Advanced Micro Devices, Microsoft and Intel have signed on to operate kiosks to show off their products.
- Study: North Dakota oil worker death rate 6 times US average
And at 97.4 deaths per 100,000 workers, the state's construction fatality rate was nearly 10 times the national rate for that industry, according to the report.
Regional Economic Development
- How Student Debt May Be Stunting the Economy
One of the crucial reasons the housing market has not expanded enough to support robust economic growth is that young adults are not setting up their own households at anywhere near the historical norm.
- Companies Choose Profits Over Productivity
Although there are many reasons for the productivity rut, one of the primary ones is that businesses aren't investing in their workers.
- SBA Launches Growth Accelerator Fund
The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a $2.5 million competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each to fund operating budgets.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Feds open $53 million funding vein for workforce training
The focus of the program's second funding round is two-fold: to help people find work and to help businesses expand.
- Selling Manufacturing to a New Generation
Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line.
Montana Education Excellence
- How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character - Paul Tough
Why do some children succeed while others fail?
- Availability of state-funded pre-K programs varies
Montana is one of the 10 states in the United States that does not provided state-funded pre-kindergarten, but Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock has said previously that one of his priorities is improving access to pre-kindergarten for Montanans.
- Time to align education with labor market data
To make students more employable, colleges must do a better job engaging with industry and be willing to take a hard look at what the job market is telling them.
- Education crucial to Montana's economy
Every dollar spent on early childhood education saves taxpayers anywhere from $13 to $17 in future costs. In the rapidly innovating global economy, it is irresponsible to think our education system can stand still and wait for good jobs to fall in our laps.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MSU computer science professor takes 'Joy and Beauty of Computing' to Bozeman High School and Hopefully Throughout All of Montana
Paxton said he hopes to see this course, or something similar, being offered at high schools across Montana.
- MSU seeking donations of gently worn business outfits for students
Montana State University's Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship is seeking donations of gently used men's business attire for the Executive's Closet, a program designed to help MSU business students achieve an affordable, professional look.
- MSU business students offer consulting to area businesses and non-profits
The college also recently launched Student Entrepreneurs in Action. As part of the new program, local businesses and organizations may apply to host a college intern at no cost. Interns will work 10 to 20 hours per week for the business or organization.
Funding and Building your Business
- The States Where People Are The Most (And Least) Generous With Time And Money - Montana
Relatively low population states such as South Dakota, Vermont, Montana, and Idaho topped a list of survey respondents who reported giving a donation and volunteering their time to an organization within the last six months.
- Peer Pressure Can Be a Lifesaver
Social norms have so much sway that it's possible to get people to change their behavior simply by telling them what the norm is.
- You Can't Just Throw Money at Community Development
Is having capital to invest enough?
Energy and Climate Change
- Frontier Fund 2 Screening Companies for Possible Funding
Is your company looking for equity funding? Here's a great opportunity.
- Perpetual experimentalists: How successful entrepreneurs understand customers
As technology becomes more sophisticated and these approaches continue to show strong results, behavioral economic principles and experimentation will become standard practice across a broader spectrum of businesses, both new and established. For startups, this means a faster and more reliable way to refine products and services to meet customer needs.
Connectivity & Communications
- Elon Musk sees nearly unlimited demand for energy storage - Montana's ViZn Energy Systems
Tesla hopes to use those savings to create its $35,000 Gen 3 car, the company's first car aimed at the middle class.
- FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet
The plan, approved in a three-to-two vote along party lines, could unleash a new economy on the Web where an Internet service provider such as Verizon would charge a Web site such as Netflix for faster video streaming.
- Websites Throttle FCC Staffers to Protest Gutting of Net Neutrality
'If it bothers you that I'm doing this, I want to point out that everyone is going to be doing crap like this after the FCC rips apart net neutrality.'
- The Days of Fast Internet For All May Be Over
If approved, a regulation could allow big Internet service providers to charge more for faster and more efficient delivery of content.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Student Workers Replace Retiring IT Staff in Los Angeles City Government
About 60 percent of the city's IT staff will reach retirement age within the next five years, Reneker said, and four of the seven full-time workers at the help services desk have already retired.
Montana Chamber Choices
- FDA Approves Segway Inventor's Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm
That's right, bionic limbs are about to go mainstream.
- A Trip in a Self-Driving Car Now Seems Routine
- Google resumes Glass sales in the US
Google Inc. isn't setting a time limit for people to buy Glass this time, although the company is emphasizing that the product remains in its test, or "Explorer," phase.
- Internet of Things will mushroom by 2025, report says
Every part of our life will be quantifiable, and eternal, and we will answer to the community for our decisions.
- Paper-thin, flexible electronics modules can add tech to any surface
Although designed for adults, could a similar system be simplified further to serve as an educational tool?
- Thumb-sized scanner tells you what things are made of
Sure to be a standard of all CSI kits of the future, Kickstarter startup SCiO has come up with a tiny Star Trek tricorder-like spectrometer that reveals the molecular make-up of materials, both organic and not.
- Tech Giants Could Use the Cloud to Predict Their Future
In a broader sense, you can use a cloud service to see technological trends before the rest of the world does.
- 2014 Mountain Madness Airshow opens volunteer opportunities
For the first time in nine years, the Flathead Valley will experience an airshow. For some, this will be a chance to volunteer in an exciting community event while fundraising for local non-profits and scoring free event admission.
- Atlanta, other cities see a streetcar renaissance
Streetcar projects are in various stages of design or development in more than a dozen other cities.
- RFID-enabled public bike locks could put an end to bike theft
PubLock is a scheme that aims to place extra heavy duty bike locks in public locations, which can be used by any cyclist through contactless cards.
- A City's Bold Experiment with Free Public Transit
What if you could board a bus or train at one end of town, ride all the way to the other end and back, and not have to pay a cent for it?
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